FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Voronkov cites concentration as key in victory over Iran

With their straight victory over Iran Russia continued their strong comeback in the competition

Tokyo, Japan, November 22, 2013 – On Friday Russia edged Iran in straight sets (25-23, 25-23, and 25-19) to claim their second victory in the 2013 FIVB Men’s World Grand Champions Cup to continue their comeback after their defeat to Italy on the opening day of the tournament.

Russia coach - Andrey Voronkov: "Iran is a very good defensive team. We know that they play at a high level. We did our best to play with concentration today. That was a problem for us in our first match in the tournament. We stayed focused until the end of the match today. The players want to go back to the hotel now and concentrate on the next match."

Iran coach Julio Velasco: "We played to win against one of the best teams in the world. We did that in the first two sets. We don't have the mental endurance to play against a team like this yet. But we learned a lot from this match. Our defense was not strong in the first two sets. We had problems in blocks. Russian players are not only strong, but they have good technique as well."

Russia captain Sergey Makarov: "We were able to play a very good game today. We had good serves and that is why we won."

Iran captain Saeid Marouflakrani: "The first two sets were close. Russia is strong and we have to learn how to play in counterattack."

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